Marlatt to Present 2009 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science

September 4, 2009

Dr. G. Alan Marlatt, professor of psychology and director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington, Seattle, will be the 2009 Bennett Lecturer in Prevention Science.

The lecture, “Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors,” will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 12, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, Henderson Building. The lecture is sponsored by Penn State’s Prevention Research Center.

Marlatt received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University in 1968. After serving on the faculties of the University of British Columbia (1968–1969) and the University of Wisconsin (1969–1972), he joined the University of Washington faculty in the fall of 1972. He has conducted pioneering research in three areas: harm reduction, brief interventions, and relapse prevention.

In 1996, Marlatt was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He served as president of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors from 1983–1984; president of the Section for the Development of Clinical Psychology as an Experimental-Behavioral Science of the Society of Clinical Psychology (division 12 of the American Psychological Association), 1985–1986; and president of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 1991–1992.

Marlatt has authored many books, including Relapse Prevention: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (1985; 2005), Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Manual (1999), and Therapist’s Guide to Evidence-Based Relapse Prevention (2007). In addition, he has published over 200 book chapters and journal articles and served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals, including the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Addictive Behaviors, and Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

Over the course of the past thirty years, Marlatt has received continuous funding for his research from a variety of agencies, including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has also received many awards that recognize his contributions to the field, including the Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse Award by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Recent Bennett Lecturers have included Mary Ann Pentz, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Center for Prevention Policy Research, University of Southern California; Thomas Dishion, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Research, Child and Family Center, University of Oregon; and Roger Weissberg, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education and President of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), University of Illinois at Chicago.


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